In May 2021 via Zoom five schools from the European Network of Sacred Heart Schools presented five projects linked to JPIC themes with a group of RSCJ and Sacred Heart educators. It was an exciting session both for the students and their audience, a first experience for many of a virtual international conference.
Sacred Heart Primary School in Roehampton, London is a Gold Award UNICEF Rights Respecting School. They gave examples of how they live that out: learning about Laudato Si’, raising money for RSCJ projects in the Philippines affected by typhoons, taking part in a Walking for Water project, and helping others in the community through the Goal of Social Awareness. Next came Sacred Heart Primary Roscrea who really embrace the imperative, Caring for our Common Home. Their presentation was full of examples of how the students’ awareness of the need to care for creation is raised right across the curriculum and year groups. Sacre Cœur Vienna then introduced us to “We Cœur” where a group of engaged students and teachers decided to take action at school to combat climate change, combining projects to raise awareness and information on how to make a difference. Sagrado Corazon Pamplona’s students sent their teacher to tell us about their project. “Pamplona, Open City", their project, which addresses one of the JPIC imperatives, was based around how to build a welcome for migrants. A challenge came from the video presentation of Istituto Sacro Cuore della Trinità in Rome! Their students presented the stark world that we will face if no action is taken today